Stellaria media

Common chickweed                                                                                         Στελλάρια


Caryophyllaceae - pink family                                                                             Dicot.

 
 

A common cosmopolitan weed, Stellari media is found throughout most of the world. Its flowering time varies with the climate, in Skopelos it flowers in early spring. The pure white star shaped flowers are surrounded by abundant, lush green foliage, which dies back completely in the summer. The weed is edible, but large quantities of raw leaves should be avoided as it contains toxic substances, but these are destroyed by cooking. The English name chickweed  refers to the use of the seeds as chicken fodder and of course they also eat the weeds themselves, which are said to reduce stress.


13-15mm,10-30cm,
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Stellaria - from Latin stella meaning star

media - from Latin meaning middle (sized)

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Solanum nigrum
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Beware!!!

Great care is needed when identifying wild foods.

Always have plants checked by a horta expert before eating.